Prime minister Boris Johnson has announced that England will enter into a second national lockdown from Thursday.
And as part of this, ‘non essential retail’ will have to close until at least December 2, which includes car showrooms.
However, while dealerships will be forced to close, the government has said that cars can still be delivered to a customer’s home, while a ‘click and collect’ style of service will be allowed. That means that if you’ve confirmed a car over the phone or bought it online, you’ll still be able to pick it up from a dealer itself.
Government documents confirmed this, saying: “Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
‘A full list of the business closures will be published and set out in law.”
It’s worth noting these rules only apply to England, with click and collect not being allowed in Wales, which currently has a separate ‘firebreaker’ lockdown in place, which is set to end on November 9.
However, the decision has not been welcomed by some industry leaders.
Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, which represents the automotive industry, said in a tweet: “As England heads back into lockdown, we need to keep business operating. Auto Manufacturing must have its showrooms open; it’s proven safe & secure, a very different environment from other retail premises. We need to keep the economy turning – safely – and prevent wider job losses.”
If you’re unsure about whether or not you can buy a new car or how click and collect may work, it’s worth speaking to the dealer in question to see how they can help.